Welcome to my website!

I am a Canadian composer and music educator and this site features various works of mine. Whether you are a music educator, a professional musician or student, please check out my pieces for concert band, jazz band, jazz combo, and brass, woodwind and percussion ensembles. For information on where to purchase a piece, follow the link to the publisher's website or contact me. I hope you enjoy my music.

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Pieces:

Concert Band

Castle on the Cliff - Grade 0.5 - Harknett Music recommended for 2017

Eighth Note Publications

Castle on the Cliff is a piece reflecting the many sieges on castles in medieval history.  The piece begins with a fierce opening, setting the 'menacing' mood of a war between an army (the winds) and the castle's defence (the percussion). 

A Regal Celebration - Grade 0.5 - New for 2017

Eighth Note Publications

A Regal Celebration is a great introduction piece to a concert, and is composed to reflect the entrance of a King and Queen into court.  Focusing on the first seven notes used in most method books, it uses both block harmony orchestration, as well as call response to help your ensemble evolve from playing unison melodies, into sounding like a mature band.

By the Clear Fountain - Grade 0.5 - New for 2017

Eighth Note Publications

This arrangement of the Canadian folk song is simplified for beginning bands to work on techniques for playing a lyrical piece. By the Clear Fountain (A La Claire Fontaine) is a song that tells of a young man's thoughts about a young woman that he loves. This folk song arrangement is part of a collection for young band celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary since joining Confederation.

I Will Give My Love an Apple - Grade 1.5 - New for 2017

Eighth Note Publications

This is a peaceful arrangement of a Canadian folk song that was adapted from a Traditional English riddle song by Nova Scotians. It is hauntingly beautiful and offers the opportunity for some lovely lyrical playing for young band. This folk song arrangement is part of a collection for young band celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary since joining Confederation.

For the Glory - Grade 1.5 - New for 2017

Eighth Note Publications

'For the glory of my country' describes the passion and loyalty to one's nation when a women or man joins the military. This piece is composed to reflect many feelings and emotions as a soldier goes off to serve his/her country.

Glen and Galley - Grade 2 - Harknett recommended for 2017; Reviewer's Choice in 'the Instrumentalist'

Eighth Note Publications

The title of this suite refers to the headdress (the 'glen') worn by the cadets of the Lorne Scots Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps and the 'galley' is the Galley of Lorne, which is displayed on the coat of arms for the Dukes of Argyll. This piece is set in 3 contrasting sections, each with a Scottish feel - The Sapling Grows, Colonel Parker and For Our Heritage.

Kaalin's Flight - Grade 2.5 - Long and McQuade and Music Plus recommended for 2017

Eighth Note Publications

This piece was influenced by the music of the Middle East and India.  'Kaalin' is the Hindi word for 'rug', much like the one ridden by Aladdin in the famous story.  This piece can even be considered a programmatic piece, as if someone were riding a magic carpet through the Arabic or Indian communities.